FOUNDING EDITOR & BENEFACTOR
The Gull, né Larus Argentatus, was hatched out in a working class nest in an urban terrace in Townhill, Swansea in 1974. He left school early to work in the family window uncleaning business. Feeling increasingly dissatisfied he decided to travel the world and flew around North and South America, Europe and Asia. It was during this time he fell in love with literature spending time in the most eminent belletristic salons of the day and forming close relationships with celebrated intellectuals, poets and artists of the world from David Foster Wallace to Wislawa Szymborska; from Baudrillard to Francis Bacon; from Derek Jarman to Pam Ayers. In this period The Gull formed a fruitful writing partnership with Jaques Derrida, the pair met and became close friends when The Gull mistook Derrida for Philip Scofield and approached him for an autograph in The Cheese and Plimsoll Pub in Vienna. Their cross-fertilising relationship led to their co-authored follow up to Derrida’s philosophical masterpiece L’écriture et la Différence; L’écriture et la Différence et le Hareng remains unpublished.
After a brief spell settled in the Czech Republic working as a senior adviser to Vaclav Havel he left mainland Europe to return to Britain and founded the Fund for Low-income Ornithological Creatives – or FLOC – a charitable organisation designed to encourage cross-species investment in the arts. The Gull then served a brief sentence at HMP Slade for a few petty crimes (embezzlement, non-payment of gambling debts, grand pest auto and multiple counts of fried-food larceny with menaces.) during which he converted to Buddhism and became a committed pescatarian and pacifist. Yearning to return to his beloved home of Swansea he bought a modest 9 bedroom house in Sketty and put about creating a literary magazine the likes of which the world has never seen. He spends his time reading, writing, attending theatre performances, hosting philosophical symposia, squaking, fishing, taxiderming cats, collecting antique typewriters, opera singing, wrangling and drinking in pubs which do not serve food or have statement wallpaper but do have dart boards and let you sit at the bar. His favourite writers are Richard Bach and Anton Chekhov.
Sarah is our brand new editor, having written a superb short story for issue no. 1, The Cleaner, The Gull asked Sarah to be part of the team, so Sarah joined the Gull as co-editor from issue 2. She won first prize in the 2014 Rhys Davies short story competition. A freelance television producer, she relocated to Wales from London, became a fluent Welsh speaker, and has produced factual and entertainment programmes for S4C. Her first book in Welsh, a comedic novella about a group of Welsh‐learners, will be published by Gomer Press, Christmas 2016. She is currently working on an English language novel whilst completing her MA in creative writing at Swansea University. Sarah lives in Carmarthen with her husband and two children.
Chris is a practising poet and writer. He regularly contributes to The Wales Arts Review and has previously edited The Lampeter Review. His work can be found in several journals and magazines including the upcoming edition of The Lonely Crowd. His interests include smoking and drinking.
Ali is currently studying an M.A. in Creative Writing at Swansea University. He is a poet, an expert in American folk musics and a student of Islamic theology.
After graduating with a BA in English literature from Queen Mary U.L. Tommy worked as a language teacher in Ecuador for two years and is now studying for his MA in Journalism at Cardiff University.
JAY J. GILLRAY
The Gull’s resident Foodand culture critic, Jay graduated from Odious college, Tossbridge with a 3:3 in Classics and since then has largely spent his time eating and drinking his way through his £17m inheritance which he began receiving since his father was killed in a freak cheque signing incident in Panama.
Greg graduated with a BA in philosophy from Lampeter University before going on to work for his MPhil from Dundee. He specialises in Sartre’s Existentialism and Post-Colonial studies and has presented papers on these topics at a number of scholarly conferences.
Nathan is studying for his MA in International Journalism at Swansea University. He loves films, music and comedy and is the founder of the Welsh Craft Beer blog: https://craftbeerwales.wordpress.com/
Dad is the Gull’s resident cartoonist and oracle. He has contributed carbon and other emissions to the well thought of artistic platform, The World, and is currently working on his twelfth tax return. See an introductory gallery of his material by clicking here and keep up to date with his new work in the latest issue of The Gull or through our Twitter feed
Until recently Jess was a Secondary School teacher specialising in helping children with ASD. Currently she is undertaking the Creative Writing MA in Swansea part time and is particularly interested in writing for radio.